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Priory Hospital Chelmsford

Priory Hospital Chelmsford is an independent hospital that specialises in the treatment and management of adults and adolescents with a range of mental health problems where patient care is the primary concern. The hospital opened in 1992 and has established an excellent reputation for providing the highest standards of care.

Mental Health Treatment

For people suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues, such as depressionstress and anxiety, the hospital provides a range of outpatient based therapy services including group and individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tailored to suit the clinical needs of the individual patient.

For those people requiring inpatient care for more severe psychiatric illness such as depression, psychotic illness, substance and behavioural dependency or eating disorders, there are residential facilities for 60 patients (each patient will have their own bedroom with en-suite facilities).

Quality Network for Eating Disorders

Priory Hospital Chelmsford has a highly experienced team of mental health professionals and support staff, which include consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and therapists.

Addiction Rehabilitation Programme

Priory Hospital Chelmsford’s addiction programme provides intensive treatment, education and support for those who are experiencing addictive dysfunctional behaviour and is structured to promote recovery from addictive behaviour, focussing on the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of each individual.

Aftercare and Family Support Programmes are offered for 12 months upon completion of the programme, to the patient and family members, inclusive of the treatment programme costs.

The Addiction Treatment Programme specialises in addiction treatment for substance dependence including alcohol and all drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, ketamine, heroin, opioids and all new psycho-active substances (also known as 'legal highs'). We also treat behavioural addictions such as gambling, internet, sex, exercise and work.

Chelmsford's addiction treatment programme includes:

  • FREE ASSESMENT to explore the problem in more detail without obligation to continue into treatment
  • Detoxification treatment and supported abstinence available
  • FREE weekly aftercare support for 12 months post completion of the 28 day programme
  • FREE family support during and post treatment for 12 months after completion of the 28 day programme

Read more about the Addiction Rehabilitation Programme

Free Addictions Assessment

The Priory is pleased to offer you a free confidential assessment for all addictions.

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Accommodation and facilities

The environment we create for patients is as important as the treatment, itself. To this end, each patient has the privacy of his or her own comfortable bedroom, with television, telephone, and en-suite facilities.

Patients are encouraged to have their meals in the main dining room, which offers excellent choice of dishes. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

We also provide comfortable communal areas where patients can rest and relax.

Therapy and treatment programme

The first step to recovery for the patient is to undergo an initial assessment to identify the issues, make any diagnosis and draw up the most appropriate treatment plan.

For a Free Assessment on to our Day Care Programme, please call 01245 244 720

Treatment is then available on an outpatient, inpatient and day patient basis.


All of our therapy is provided by highly skilled and qualified therapists from various modalities who facilitate our groups and see individuals, enabling us to offer a wide and diverse programme of therapy.

Therapies used:

  • CBT
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Person centered
  • Psycho - educational
  • Psychotherapy
  • Systemic & family psychotherapist
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for the treatment of border line personality disorder
  • Psycho-sexual and relationship counselling

Group therapy

Some of the groups available are:

  • Managing panic
  • Managing social anxiety
  • Assertiveness training
  • CBT
  • OCD
  • Health anxiety
  • Managing anxiety
  • Depression
  • CBT for managing anger
  • Managing grief & loss
  • Relationship therapy
  • Managing the symptoms of my diagnosis
  • CBT for mixed diagnosis
  • DBT for borderline personality disorders
  • Building confidence and self-esteem 
  • Managing stress
  • Creative therapy
  • Body Image
  • Healthy living
  • Goal setting/relapse prevention
  • Binge eating programme
  • Addiction programme
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness practice

Our Services

Our Specialists

The Priory boasts a diverse team of practitioners. Committed to providing the best treatment to each and every one of our patients, they pride themselves on placing patients at the heart of the treatment journey. This approach ensures that you are allocated to the best expert for your needs and benefit from a truly bespoke treatment programme.

For detailed biographies on individual experts, including their backgrounds, specialisms and qualifications: Please click here to view our specialists

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

The majority of referrals made to The Priory Hospital Chelmsford are through a patient's GP. A referral can be made by telephone, in writing, via email or via fax to the hospital's admission department, who will then pass these details on to the relevant consultant.

  • To make an outpatient appointment with a specific consultant, please telephone the hospital on 01245 345 345
  • For further details of our specialist treatment programmes or for a list of staff/visiting consultants, together with their areas of special interests, please telephone our admissions team on 01245 244 724 or 01245 244 723

Corporate/occupational health

Any company wishing to make a referral, or a member of staff wishing to be admitted to a Priory hospital, will need to be referred by their company occupational health doctor.

Where an occupational health nurse has been the employees point of contact they should liaise with the company doctor to arrange a referral, if this is required. If there is any uncertainty then please contact our admissions staff who will be happy to advise you.

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Family support programme and aftercare

Within the addiction treatment programme and other programmes where possible, we encourage the patient's family to become involved in the treatment programme as this can help give a greater understanding of the illness - hopefully leading to a speedier recovery once the patient has returned home.

Quality and compliance

You can be assured that the treatment patients receive will be of the highest standard, as we are continually monitored by the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission and are bench-marked against the National Service Framework.

We also strive to ensure the effectiveness and success of our treatment by meeting exacting, externally validated standards and our results compare favourably with the published benchmarks.

Visiting times

Visiting times and visitors allowed will be individual for each patient depending on their therapeutic programme. Please discuss this with the nursing team. All visitors must sign in and out at reception and report to the nurses station for general psychiatry and addiction treatment programme. All visitors must leave the building no later than 10.00 pm.

General programme

Monday - Friday 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm & 5.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Saturday 12.30 pm - 10.00 pm
Sunday 9.00 am - 10.00 pm

Addiction treatment programme (ATP)

Monday - Friday 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Saturday from 5.00 pm
Sunday all day until 5.00 pm

Springfield eating disorder service

Monday - Friday 6.30pm - 10.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9.00 am - 12.00 pm & 2.00 pm - 10.00 pm

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